FORT MYERS, Fla. — A manhunt was underway Sunday after a shooting rampage at a zombie-themed festival left one person dead, five wounded and pandemonium on downtown streets.
The wounded victims at ZombiCon on Saturday night were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to police Lt. Victor Medico.
The shooting was the second instance of gunfire downtown within a week.
ZombiCon, an annual event in its ninth year, was expected to draw more than 20,000 people.
There were “a lot of witnesses down here, there were a lot of people taking pictures, videos with their cellphone,” Medico said. “Anything that could help with this investigation would be greatly appreciated.”
The shots began at 11:45 p.m., he said. Chaos reigned as crowds from ZombiCon raced through De Leon Plaza.
Jill Stancel, who works at a downtown barbershop, was selling water to Zombicon attendees when she heard the shots and saw people running.
“I was right here,” she said. “A mass of people ran screaming and trying to get in the shop.”
Stancel said she and others pulled her husband and another relative into the store, ran to the back of the shop and locked the door. They let eight to 10 people in. “They were standing in the back shaking and crying.”
“We didn’t know if it was real or fake,” Haley Delmonte of Naples told WBBH-TV. “Heard gunshots right in front of me. Saw people running and my mind was everywhere. It was so scary. We ran, then we were like wait … was that real?”
Killed was Expavious Tyrell Taylor, 20, of Okeechobee.